As many as 250 children comprising children of beggars,labourers,vendors and ragpickers celebrated International Streetchildren’s Day in the city,on Thursday,holding banners and raising the slogan Saare bacche school mein (all children should be in school). These children belong to a group of 605 underpriviledged children being looked after by The Vatsal Chaya Trust .
During the celebrations,the children also pledged to attend school regularly. The International Street Children’s day was first celebrated last year on April 12 by the Consortium for Street Children. The Consortium comprises 70 NGOs who work for the development of street children,world wide.
The celebration seeks to draw the focus of the community and policy makers to this invisible segment of urban life and help create awareness and help create an environment where their voices can be heard and rights realised, says Sangita Vardhan,president of the NGO.
This city has the highest per capita income in the country but also the highest slum child population in the country as well, points out Vardhan.